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Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1968-10-13




Set 1

Dark Star ->
Saint Stephen ->
The Eleven ->
Death Don't Have No Mercy


Set 2

Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment ->
New Potato Caboose ->
Drums ->
Jam ->
Feedback


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date October 13, 1968
Venue Avalon Ballroom
Location San Francisco, CA

Source MR>DAT>CD
Lineage CD>DC-Art Millennium>CD>SHN
Transferred by Charlie Miller and Michael Owen


Notes

d1t1 slight pop at 10:26, 10:41,
d1t5 1:21 slight static,
d1t8 2:57 splice.

Reviews

Reviewer: MR.SUNSHINE - - January 7, 2012
Subject: 5 star
Great show!
The Eleven/Death is a highlight for me.
Reviewer: rschwz28 - - September 27, 2011
Subject: Eleven
My vote is for Saint Stephen into the Eleven. And call me old school, call me old and in the way, but I prefer it to be preceded by Dark Star and followed by Lovelight.
Reviewer: localloser - - June 18, 2011
Subject: St. Stephen
Question for the crowd, but which do you prefer? St. Stehpen>The eleven
or St. Stephen>Not Fade Away

Personally I prefer the former rather than the latter. I think it is a more natural flow. St. Stephen into Not Fade Away is too abrupt in my opinon.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - January 2, 2011
Subject: no cigar
this show cannot touch the primal, intense, astonishing performance from the night before!

that said, it is still excellent. highlights are the Dark Star, Eleven and TIFTOO...this and especially the 12th make GREAT driving music!
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - August 6, 2009
Subject: No Pigpen, but great Dark Star, The Eleven gets 11 stars!
This is a better show than the previous night.

A beautifully rendered Dark Star in a season of great Dark Stars, though cut off at the beginning. Near perfection. Dark Stars this good are rare after 1970.

There are a lot of great Eleven’s from mid-‘68 to mid-’69. This is one of them. The short jam near the beginning of the Eleven is dynamite, and the rest of it is hot and firey and perfection. The drummers are fabulous here. They, and Jerry and Phil, are all feeding off of each other. And the Eleven vocals are as perfect as Dead show vocals get. Then they change to the minor key for the transition into Death Don’t Have No Mercy, and the energy actually picks up before sliding gently into the ballad.

Jerry delivers a top-notch Death Don’t Have No Mercy. The guitar work is masterful. The vocal is full of soul.

This second set is better than that of the previous night. But as with most of the concerts of the late summer, early fall, the first set is better than the second. After a nicely done Other One, New Potato is average, but ends abruptly to go into drums. It’s jarring. It may be a splice, but it’s hard to tell. Drums is not that interesting--they were better in the Eleven. The show ends with some calming-but-interesting feedback/space.

Pigpen is missed in the second set. The Anthem of the Sun material is just better with Pig.

As for the all-around best shows of 1968, they’re in February-March and August. (The same months as Dick’s Picks Vol. 22 and Two From the Vault.)

There are now 5 copies of this show at archive.org. All are good quality. But you can’t go wrong with a Charlie Miller version.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - - July 3, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" October 13, 1968 at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
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5 stars for the mix
5 stars for the recording
5 stars for the performance
5 stars for Charlie Miller & Michael Owen

Original sound of the GRATEFUL DEAD. Applicable yesterday, today and tomorrow. Quality never goes out of style.

I highly recommend adding this to your 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

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